Slade School of Fine Art
University College London
Kristen Kreider is a writer and artist situated as a crossover of poetry, art and architecture. Her research stems from an interest in the poetics of thought, its materialization as form, and a concern with how artworks relate to the world. Kristen works collaboratively with the architect, James O'Leary, to engage with sites of architectural and cultural interest, and they are currently working on a large-scale project, Ungovernable Spaces, engaging with five sites of community and resistance globally. Kristen is Professor of Fine Art and Head of the Doctoral Programme at the Slade School of Fine Art.
Professor Kristen Kreider is a writer and artist. Her research stems from an interest in the poetics of thought, its materialization as form, and a concern with how artworks relate to the world. Situated at a crossover of poetry, art and architecture, this research results, on the one hand, in a body of writing - including poetry, art-writing and academic writing - that employs various forms, modes and genres to open up and communicate meaning. On the other hand, this research forms a body of practice-led research outputs - including performance, installation and video work - produced in collaboration with the architect James O’Leary.
Combining aspects of performance, installation, documentary, poetry, fiction and image-making, the work of Kreider + O’Leary exposes and interweaves the complexities of place into a fabrication of the real. They have made work in response to prisons, military sites, film locations, landscape gardens, desert environments, urban districts and gallery contexts both in the UK and internationally. Their work has been shown at venues including Tate Britain, Whitechapel Gallery and the Royal Academy as well as in the Lisbon Architecture Triennale and the Istanbul Biennial. Their book Falling was published by Copy Press, Field Poetics by Ma Bibliothèque.
Kreider + O’Leary are currently engaged in a large-scale project under the title Un-Governable Spaces. This includes a series of works (performance, installation, film) developed in relation to sites of community and resistance globally; alongside this, a number of essays informed by, and informing, this work. This research will culminate in a book publication documenting their practice-based research and communicating their findings through modes of image-making and creative critical writing (Bloomsbury, 2023).
Professor Kristen Kreider is currently Head of the Doctoral Programme at the Slade School of Fine Art where she supervises PhD’s and devises, organises and runs research-related events and activities. She was previously Reader in Poetry and Poetics at Royal Holloway; Professor of Fine Art and Director of the PhD Programme at Goldsmiths College, University of London; and Professor of Fine Art and Head of School at the Ruskin School of Fine Art, University of Oxford.